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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shakar's in Vogue

It is not every day that somebody from English gets a write-up in Vogue. But it is this day! Here is a link to a short write-up of late summer novels that features Alex Shakar's Luminarium.

Funny, my own scholarly books on early modern British politics and literature have so far escaped the notice of Vogue's editors for some reason. Seriously, though, I'm looking forward to tracking this novel's progress in the coming months. You can bet I'll be posting here about the further adventures of Alex Shakar in the months to come, as Luminarum gets taken up and reviewed across the country and around the world.

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